Basically, they’re staying relevant – by keeping their day one fans interested while also picking up new listeners along the way. So, let’s take a look at why 90’s hip-hop is the best! Slick beats and fun music. The same thing goes for hip hop albums, as they started out really just doing the same thing, pushing singles and not really having an overall concept for their albums. The new school of hip hop was a movement in hip hop music starting 1983–84 with the early records of Run–D.M.C. Old-school hip hop is noted for its relatively simple rapping techniques, compared to later hip hop music. Outside of people like 50 Cent, who uses beef to stay as close to relevant as he can, most rappers today aren’t really competing with one another as much as they’re copying and/or collaborating with one another. Very rarely is anything uplifting ever discussed, except in the case of songs meant to uplift one's self. Hip-hop suffered at least as severely as or worse than other genres, with sales tumbling throughout the decade. That lead to consequences like the FBI following rappers like Tupac Shakur and the Notorious BIG, to the point that they were trailing both when they were murdered (yet somehow didn’t intervene or provide any useful information to the police that were investigating those deaths). It is the number 1 consumed genre in the USA (and I believe the world). That’s what happened with Shakur and Smalls, who were 25 and 24 respectively when they were gunned down. These are the thoughts that dwell in my head when I think back to artists like Lil Jon (who I once unashamedly/mistakenly compared to James Brown! Mixing percussive beats with popular dance songs, Kool Herc was instrumental in developing the sounds that became synonymous with hip hop, such as drum beats and record scratches. Old school rappers began the hip hop movement, encouraged it to thrive in communities and passed the torch to the Millenials to continue the artistic movement they started. But the erasure of these acts from hip-hop’s earliest era on wax -- and the stigma of “old-school hip-hop” as a blanket term -- has hurt hip-hop’s canonization. At the age of 44, the veteran from Queensbridge, New York has been a staple in hip hop culture for well over a decade, ever since making his debut at 17 on Main Source’s Live At The Barbeque. The comment he made was that he felt the period […] Sure a lot of it sucks ass, but there’s some really great hip hop … Mar 21, 2019 177 166 153. For the purposes of this post I use "Old Heads" just as a term for those who hate on the hip hop scene today. I would agree with swagger about hip hop because hip hop is better than country and most of me and her songs are in hip hop. As I said, there’s still a collective of artists that are reaching the standards set by the legends who came before them, and in some instances they’re surpassing them. In fact, it’s weird to label Nas and Jay-Z as golden era artists in an age where album sales are becoming more and more irrelevant. An interesting debate was sparked last year when up-and-coming West Coast emcee Vince Staples commented on some earlier comments he made to Time magazine about his views on 90s Hip Hop. While that did extend into the early 2000’s with people like Scott Storch, there aren’t really a ton of producers out there today that were on that level. During the late 90’s and early aughts, the typical evolution/game plan of a rapper’s career was to drop a debut album, wait for that to blow up, start one’s own record label and then release an album with whatever group they put together with friends from their childhood/neighborhood. I was kinda depressed back then, thought everybody hates me and so on. Today’s rappers really only discuss like five things (women, money, drugs, parties, guns) and while 90’s rappers also covered those topics, they had a much more diverse range and that’s another reason why it was the best era. So, that explains the “why” a bit more, but it doesn’t change the fact that albums were better as a whole in the 90’s. Err… why is everyone so attracted to hip hop culture? Hip hop (or hip-hop, the two can be used interchangeably) began as a culture and art movement in the Bronx,where demographics were rapidly shifting in the early 1970s. Yes, they all made bangers that were hot for about a year or two, but now the only time you’ll hear them is at an O’Neil’s or Tiger Tiger. Hip-hop is a passport from a present oppressive state into a world where we are all significant. An it's bassically rubbing it in their fans face that they are living a better life then their fans. 2. ), Dem Franchize Boyz and Souljah Boy. Wu-Tang’s 36 Chambers is a great example of this, as is Notorious BIG’s Ready to Die and Tupac/Makaveli’s Don Killuminati: The Seven Day Theory. Checkmate. There are obvious exceptions to that, like Kendrick Lamar, but you only have to look at his mentor to see why he’s able to really ignore the flavor of the month stuff and focus on his craft. If you go to any rap video on YouTube and check the comments you’ll eventually run into a comment (or 500) that states that whichever rapper whose video you’re watching/listening to “wouldn’t exist if Tupac/Biggie was still alive” and while that’s probably a mix between hyperbole and wishful thinking, those people have a point. Here are 10 reasons why. Next: Could it be today’s young bloods are happy with making something that is flavour of the month, but which will have no lasting effect on the culture? Don’t get me wrong Migos and Future are killing it right now, but they haven’t even touched on what Nas has done career-wise (for the record I absolutely LOVE Future’s Mask Off, despite its nonsensical lyrics). It's aggravating. I could name a long list of post-90s rappers right now who are keeping the culture alive, but we’d be here forever. Hip hop is no doubt more diverse than it was in the 80s and 90s, but itâ s also oversaturated. Forman said rap is the vocal and lyrical aspect of hip-hop. Artists such as Melle Mel would use few syllables per bar of music, with simple rhythms and a moderate tempo. Before that, though, there were actual groups that started out as groups and then, depending on the success of their album(s), they might have a solo album every couple of years (while they were still part of the original group). It was that focus on his gangland connections which ultimately led to his drop-off as an artist. Today’s hip-hop doesn’t seem to have that and because of that, instead of attempting to carve out one’s own niche people are happy to simply sound like one another in terms of how they rap and also the beats they rap over. [ooyala code=”VrbzJvYzE6dSG_sUqSQuc0LuFiTswviL” player_id=”5df2ff5a35d24237905833bd032cd5d8″ auto=”true” width=”1920″ height=”1080″ pcode=”twa2oyOnjiGwU8-cvdRQbrVTiR2l”]. ‘old school’ hip hop developed in the early 1970s inspired by funk music, which soon afterwards turned into disco fever after influencing the hip hop fraternity. Rappers like Ice-T, whose song “Cop Killer” (which was, to be fair, actually a rock song with his band Body Count) started a national debate about free speech as it applied to music. While there are some famous producers today, the competition between producers has seemingly vanished and instead of producers pushing one another to get better they’re basically just copying one another whenever a certain sound or style becomes popular (think about how many Trap beats and producers there are and how lazy the producers behind those beats must be, comparatively). There was an allure to his background and ties to Chicago gang culture, something that media outlets were quick to exploit. While there are so rappers that have forged their own path, ie Chance the Rapper or Atmosphere/the Rhymesayers guys up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the truth is that rappers are a lot more mainstream than they were back in the day (case in point, Snoop Dogg hosting a game show and Ice T playing a police officer on television). There are and have been rappers that focus(ed) on social issues since, but a lot of those rappers aren’t mainstream or hyper popular and there aren’t really any rappers that are mainstream and popular that are releasing singles like Tupac’s ‘Brenda’s Got a Baby’ or ‘Keep Your Head Up’ (or his first posthumous single, ‘Changes’). Shakur’s FBI file is available online and is really, really long, especially for a musician (most famous people have an FBI file, mostly because of the death threats they receive). Examples of that are nearly endless, with Nelly and the St. Lunatics, 50 Cent and G-Unit, Eminem and D-12 being prime examples of that. You could argue that I’m being too nostalgic, I’m living in the past, or the always classic ‘you’re just too old!’. People like Dr. Dre, DJ Premier, Daz Dillinger, DJ Quik, DJ Muggs, Johnny J, Timbaland, Q-Tip, RZA, Pete Rock and J Dilla produced some of the best music really ever. As hip-hop maintains its title, a lot has changed about the genre, such as the lyrics. Hip hop and rap had to overcome that censorship, artists like Public Enemy, NWA and Tupac Shakur were scrutinized like no other artist had been before. They wanted to make music that lasted – at least that’s how I feel when I listen to their stuff today. Then you have Snoop Dogg(y Dogg) in his prime, Dr. Dre’s the Chronic and G-Funk style and amazing groups The Wu-Tang Clan’s 36 Chambers and Mobb Deep. For example, the late 60’s through the mid-to-late 70’s was easily the best period for rock music thanks to bands like The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zepplin and others. The 80’s were pretty rough for rock music, but it was responsible for the birth of the most popular music of today, rap/hip-hop. Now compare them to the likes of Nas, Jay-Z, the Wu-Tang Clan and other artists that made there debut in the ’90s. The best example of that is The Wu-Tang Clan, which debuted with one of the best albums (hip-hop or otherwise) of all-time with 36 Chambers. Although this rule change has been implemented, hip-hop continues to fare well on the Hot 100, as many white artists with genre-bending music have also topped the Hip-Hop/R&B chart with no removals. The very thing that’s happening with hip-hop right now is what disco did, and Melle Mel came out and made a record; ‘The Message’.” “Right now, we need a 17, 19-year-old individual to make ‘The Message’, to shut down all the nonsense that we’re celebrating.” If you embrace the direction of life that the universe has provided you and you continue to strive for the best version of every aspect of your life, I am confident that the universe will provide. I listen to nothing but underground and old school hip hop. Nostalgia has it’s place. The overall ubiquity of rap has created an environment in which thereâ s zero quality control. Illmatic dropped in 1994, it’s now 2017 and it’s still as amazing as when I first heard it. The Dark Side of the Moon, for example, never really has any downtime between songs, which is why it syncs up with The Wizard of Oz so well. Also Watch. Hip-Hop is an incredibly diverse and deep genre with many sub-genres that connect together in a huge web that brings people all over the world together. It’s the reason why Cole, Lamar, Chance The Rapper, the A$AP Mob, Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, Vic Mensa, Vince Staples (who hates the 90s) and the rest of their ilk will most likely last longer than their contemporaries. Nowadays, it's become a thriving industry of music, but all these artists sound similar and lack the beats we used to enjoy back in the day. It had the GOATs. That’s how you know you’ve reached peak irrelevancy. However, the true difference occurs when you look at how […] As this entire list will show, though, modern-day rappers are basically integrated with corporations and because of that they really don’t want to rub anyone the wrong way and interrupt the flow of money they receive from sponsorships and concert promoters. Hip hop is no doubt more diverse than it was in the 80s and 90s, but itâ s also oversaturated. Sure a lot of it sucks ass, but there’s some really great hip hop out there also. Today we celebrate the birthday of one of the greatest hip hop artists of all time, Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones – aka Nas, aka Nasty Nas, aka Nas Escobar. Sure, there were producers who, like those making Trap beats, were in the same genre but they didn’t simply use the same exact drums and basic layout as one another, instead they pushed one another to try new things and create things that people had never heard before. From a glance it looks like artists today are happy to have their moment in the sun and peace out with a cheque they’ll inevitably end up blowing on ridiculous things (which we’d all do given the chance). *Nas’s last studio album Life Is Good didn’t go Gold. Here are some my arguments for why Hip Hop is still as creative and vital as ever, and in a great place! Reactions: an167, garethou, jeeve324 and 23 others. I’m a product of old school hip hop but these days are much better. Nas’s longevity as an artist is not only a testament to his career, but is also indicative of the slew of rappers that came out in the ’90s – which is affectionately known as the ‘golden era’ of hip hop. It's the present cultural zeitgeist, the new rock and roll. Over the years it has changed, though. Hip-hop is found somewhere between freestyle raps about not feeling accepted because of the sociopolitical conditions in your country and the Bronx in the 1970s -- when young people were not accepted in schools, but welcome in prisons. Most of the more modern group’s albums had a lot of filler, with songs that you really only listened to in order to hear the star of the group like Eminem or Nelly (to a much lesser extent), whereas groups like Wu-Tang really had no weak members and no filler songs. Despite what your grandmother, Steve Harvey and the kind of people who say they don’t have a problem with black people, just “thug culture,” think, hip-hop can be a positive influence, in fact, it can make you a better person. Ranking Every Season Of The Walking Dead So Far, Ranking Every Season Of The Walking Dead So Far. Everything in life has a good side and a bad side. Old school dance includes popping, locking, and break-dance became common among black dancers. Old hip hop is wayyy better than the new shit. Much of the subject matter of old-school hip hop centers around partying and having a good time. Hip hop is great music and I can literally say it helped me to become a better person. With the evolution of hip-hop and rap, how has the music changed, and what is better, the golden age of hip hop of the 80’s, 90’s, and early 2000’s or the more contemporary and evolved music? It’s gone through an abundance of permutations, and will continue to do so. That’s because the first Bush White House had made an issue out of rap music, namely rap music that targeted the police. One day all good music will be forgotten and the music that … The overall ubiquity of rap has created an environment in which thereâ s zero quality control. Hip Hop is originated to express sentiments in politics, society, and poverty while Rock mainly started to develop with the creation of rhythm and melodies produced by instruments. Back then, you felt the movement. Old school “hip-hop” has music based prevalently on African American culture. Hip-hop has arguably been the best genre of music in the past two decades. 90 per cent of artists are not only dropping music that lacks lyrical content but the longevity of these artists is nonexistent. Same goes for Dr. Dre’s The Chronic and Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle, the G-Funk/gangsta rap era might be long gone but the joints on those LPs are a lot better than most of what’s out today. While it did become a cop out for a lot of rappers to talk about whatever they wanted while saying “I’m just talking about what I see!”, the truth is that a lot of the GOAT rappers were in fact, discussing the bleak realities of living in the inner-city in the era of crack cocaine. While the aforementioned entries on this list were important (especially the producers and beats entries), the main reason that 90’s hip-hop is the best really boils down to the fact that the emcees that were around back then were just straight up amazing. However, the first thing I should point out is that it is also an assumption, ostensibly based on the fact that hip-hop is more of a mainstream genre than metal is. Another con of modern day rap is the fact that hooks are often repetitive and simple. I'm old. It may be blasphemy to not give Slick Rick credit for being the best storyteller in the game, especially considering that his classic album The Art of Story Telling was released in the 90’s, one of the main difference between what 80’s and 90’s rappers were doing in terms of storytelling is/was the content of those stories. In a bad way. 1. Even as the almost mythical hip hop legends of 2Pac and Biggie Smalls a.k.a. Features Lists Do Androids Dance. You don't have to be old to know how that's complete nonsense. Because of the lack of support, it really made it even more impressive that rappers were willing to talk about things like that as they not only fell on mostly deaf ears, but they also created a backlash that was unprecedented at the time (see entry #9). Thread starter Drain_Xan Chewer; Start date Aug 6, ... ok then go listen to the old shit . Maybe you’d be right on all three counts, but forgive me if wanting a little bit of quality from hip hop’s current generation is asking too much. Considering how profitable Interscope became, I’m sure they regret that move now. Another difference besides how these groups were formed (although, to be fair, Junior Mafia and The Outlawz were formed a lot like D-12 or G-Unit) as compared to the groups from the 00’s is the fact that these groups actually produced amazing albums. They think hip hop is about the beat of the music and the fame of the rapper. Rock started earlier than Hip Hop. If you look at their last five albums both artists have gone Gold and Platinum respectively*. New school dance which came about around the 1990s, include the same things but … To be fair, though, the realities of the music business are completely different than they were back during the mid-90’s, as artists have to focus on the amount of streams their song can generate and because of that albums as a whole aren’t as important as they used to be as people no longer have to buy entire albums to access songs they like, so you have to take that into account. In fact I want them to kill off the ‘golden age’ and kick start a new one, but how can that happen when half these guys can’t even pull a decent freestyle? You’d think that with the number of movements going on right now (#MeToo, Black Lives Matter) that the top rappers in the game would be focusing a lot more on social issues instead of releasing songs like “Hotling Bling”. Arzil17 Regular. They’re still making music that the masses are buying and sending to number one in the charts. That extends to the production side, as well, as producers in the 90’s never rested on their laurels but rather kept improving their output as to not become stale or fall behind what was a fast moving/changing game. 3. Some of the greatest rock albums of all-time feel like one long adventure, as the songs seem to blend together even if you’re not on LSD. That changed in the 90’s, though, or at least it reached it’s peak in the 90’s, with hip-hop albums not only having a lot less filler (or at least, intentional filler) but also having concepts. I was kinda depressed back then, thought everybody hates me and so on. Imagine the Beatles dying in a plane crash in 1964, before they’d reached their prime/late 20’s. Old school hip hop typically dates from the origination of the movement in the early 1970s up until the mid-1980s. The music industry isn’t what it was even in the 90’s and so it is understandable that musicians can’t rely on the sale of their albums the way that rappers did in the 90’s, a lot of which was driven by controversy that helped their albums seem cool to kids in the suburbs (not to mention the people that were buying them just to stomp on/burn them during protests). That’s why it’s weird basketball player Lonzo Ball, who has yet to make an impact in the NBA, can call Nas irrelevant and then make comparisons to Future or Migos. I just stumbled upon your post. There was NWA (which technically was formed/in it’s prime in the late 80’s), Mobb Deep, Thug Life, Junior Mafia, Live Squad, The Outlawz, Cyprus Hill, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest and many more. Beyond that, you had groups like NWA and especially Public Enemy, that rapped about real issues. When Chicago’s drill-rap phenomenon Chief Keef burst onto the scene with I Don’t Like, and then the follow up Love Sosa, he was all music bloggers could talk about. the list is female rappers who shaped hip hop. Variety: There’s hip hop all over the place. Hip hop is great music and I can literally say it helped me to become a better person. shut the fuck up retard. It took a certain balance that seems to be off these days. Now before you guys get itchy trigger fingers in the comments section let me put it out there: this is in no way a dig at the current crop of hip hop artists out there today. Hip-hop is a decades-old, global phenomenon. Quit your yappin about the 90s being the better era of hip hop! All types. Despite their young age, the two produced what is considered the best hip-hop music that the world has ever seen! I can confidently say that at least two-thirds of them are still touring and dropping LPs (although not to the same record breaking success as their heyday). The latter of which, The Seven Day Theory, is a lot like The Dark Side of the Moon in that if you listen from beginning to end there’s really no gap between songs (and there are things you’ll miss if you skip ahead). Benjamin Anderson Ms. Marae Bailey English 110 January 18, 2010 Old School versus New School Hip Hop Many people believe that all hip hop music is the same. However, the film... We are not perfect, we all have made these mistakes, some more than others. Typically, rap songs consists of three topics: sex, money and drugs. Despite the doom and gloom that’s projected in this article, hip hop is still in a good place, and as of this year it has become the most popular music genre in the world (according to a Nielsen Music report published this year) – even surpassing rock. Hip hop was a means of enjoying yourselves in a new manner of expression. 1. Hip-Hop dance can be broken up into two basic types: old school and new school. Stereo Williams Updated Jan. 20, 2018 8:36PM ET / Published Jan. 20, 2018 8:35AM ET Compare Dr. Dre’s production on NWA’s first album to what he did with Death Row and you’ll see a natural evolution that is a lot like what the Beatles were doing in the late 60’s. I’m not demanding today’s rappers drop knowledge darts in the club (no one has time for that when you’re getting LIT), ’90s duo Capone-N-Noreaga (CNN) weren’t exactly known for their intricate lyrics, but they still made long-lasting material. Whether that was due to him being reckless or racial profiling is up for debate, but in the end it was stopping him from fulfilling his potential. I just stumbled upon your post. The internet was raving about how good his XXL Freshman freestyle was, but in all honesty all I could think was ‘it’s okay’. Hip-hop encompasses everything from dance and fashion to music. Quit your yappin about the 90s being the better era of hip hop! The death of both Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls left a void in the rap game that was filled by rappers like Jay-Z and DMX (and Puff Daddy, briefly) and that changed the trajectory of the entire genre. I absolutely agree with you! Beyond that, there were actual “Hip Hop Cops” in cities like New York, that investigated the rappers connection to the gun and drug trade as well as their connection to organized crime. @media (max-width:767px){.css-4n1las{display:none;}}Most Read Stories@media (min-width:768px){.css-1s8mc50{display:none;}}Most Read, Third Mysterious Monolith Has Now Appeared In California, Oscar Isaac To Play Solid Snake In Sony’s Metal Gear Solid Movie, The IT Crowd Is Officially The Funniest British Sitcom Ever, Study Finds, Man Forced To Sell PS5 After Wife Realises It’s Not Air Purifier, Method Man, from the iconic Staten Island group the Wu-Tang Clan. After both Tupac and Biggie died people no longer had the two best emcees of all-time to compare themselves to and because of that some rappers fell off, with Nas being the best example. Today’s hip-hop today as compared to 90’s hip-hop can best be compared to the NBA today versus the NBA of the 90’s (or Michael Jordan’s NBA). Hip-hop has become … Their music was so good that they were considered leaps and bounds ahead of people like Nas, whose Illmatic album is one most every Top 10 hip-hop albums lists. Rappers who were telling the story of their life were being told they were polluting the minds of young people. Variety: There’s hip hop all over the place. I personally can't stand mainstream, commercial rap because it all talks about the same stuff: money, drugs, guns, killing, disrespecting women, cars, jewelry. While the heyday of story-telling rap was really the 80’s, with most early raps being stories (or hype songs… “Let me clear my throat”), like most things hip hop the 90’s not only improved on storytelling but also basically perfected it. While 80’s hip-hop was relatively basic and sort of lame, it did end up evolving into the best era for hip-hop music ever, which occurred in the early-to-mid 90’s. It might sound like I’m being elitist, far from it – I want these new artists to succeed, but the trick is to continuously make innovative, long-lasting content. What we got from Keef was multiple carbon copies of his first two hits. After that album blew up there were and still are albums from group members like Method Man, RZA, Ghostface Killa, Old Dirty Bastard and GZA, whose Only Built 4 Cuban Linx album is one of the best albums of all-time, as well. Like the theory/justification for capitalism, competition is actually a good thing because it breeds innovation and change. Bush’s Vice President was Dan Quayle, who discussed Tupac Shakur on national television, which may or may not have been the reason that the FBI was actually investigating Tupac and other rappers like the Notorious BIG. Hip-hop - Hip-hop - Hip-hop in the 21st century: As the century turned, the music industry entered into a crisis, brought on by the advent of digital downloading. I am a big believer in manifestation of what you ask for. The Hollywood movie The Founder told the awesome rags-to-riches-by-way-of-backstabbing story of McDonald’s restaurants. I discovered hip hop when I was 13 years old (now I’m 26) and was going through a lot. Old school all the way. That rebellion in the 90’s took guts as there were real consequences behind the actions those rappers took as both politicians on both sides of the political spectrum were targeting rap as an, especially dangerous cancer for the youth. Some of my favorite rappers are Eminem, Tupac, House Of Pain, Biggie, Jamie Foxx. 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